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Kenya equips youth to unlock solutions in diverse sectors

February 26, 2019 • East Africa, EducationComments Off on Kenya equips youth to unlock solutions in diverse sectors

In Kenya, the ministry of Education launched in 2016 the creation of STEM model secondary schools in every county. The Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) is an agency in STEM education and is carrying out continuous capacity development on STEM activities through various programs, strategies and partnerships. STEM...

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Orange launches a new smart feature phone powered by KaiOS

February 26, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Orange launches a new smart feature phone powered by KaiOS

Orange has partnered with KaiOS Technologies and UNISOC to launch a phone with voice recognition at $US 20 in 16 countries in Africa and the Middle-East : Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte...

Canon reinforces commitment to drive innovation in Kenya

February 25, 2019 • East Africa, FinanceComments Off on Canon reinforces commitment to drive innovation in Kenya

Kenya has once again attracted another multi-national company with the re-entry of Japanese imaging and business solutions brand Canon. Yuichi Ishizuka, President and CEO of Canon Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) recently visited Kenya as part of a...

How Kenyan businesses can improve their cyber security

February 22, 2019 • East Africa, Features, Security, Top StoriesComments Off on How Kenyan businesses can improve their cyber security

According to a Kaspersky research, the first quarter of 2018 showed an overall increase in local threats infections (malware spread in local networks, by USBs, CDs, DVDs) with Kenya taking the first place with 61.8% of its users infected. And with the uptake...

Africa sees growth in crypto ownership-study

Africa sees growth in crypto ownership-study

February 22, 2019 • East Africa, Finance, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Africa sees growth in crypto ownership-study

Hootsuite’s 2019 Global Digital Report ranked South Africa as the world’s top nation for crypto ownership, with 10.7% of internet users in the country holding a financial interest in cryptocurrency. The global average was only 5.5%. “This is...

Goodwell invests $2 mln in Copia

February 22, 2019 • East Africa, SponsoredComments Off on Goodwell invests $2 mln in Copia

Goodwell, the pioneering investment firm whose focus is in fintech, financial inclusion and growth in firms providing essential goods and services has invested $2million into Copia, a Kenyan e-commerce venture. Copia makes it easier for underserved consumers...

$11 million tech investment puts Rwanda on the map

February 21, 2019 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on $11 million tech investment puts Rwanda on the map

Rwanda is fast becoming a tech destination in Africa, emerging as a key tech and investment hub with its ease of doing business. In July 2018, Rwanda hosted the World Economic Forum on Africa in May, and work is reportedly well underway on the Kigali...

MCB Group plans to enhance business in Kenya

February 21, 2019 • East Africa, FinanceComments Off on MCB Group plans to enhance business in Kenya

Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB), in Nairobi has just announced plans to position itself as a strategic partner of businesses in Kenya and East Africa. The Group’s new representative office has been officially opened on January 30 and has given the...

Affordable smart feature phones to run on KaiOS

February 19, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Affordable smart feature phones to run on KaiOS

KaiOS Technologies has announced that six new partners in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania will launch mobile phones running on its operating system for smart feature phones, KaiOS. These devices form a new category of phones that...

International Telecoms invest in African EdTech

February 19, 2019 • Africa By Region, East Africa, Education, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on International Telecoms invest in African EdTech

In recent years, education technology has become inextricable from education reform, resulting in a steady increase in edtech startups and private entities innovating in education. Understanding the realities and complexities of education in Africa, it is...

Kenya: Alphabet Loon expands connectivity in Nyeri

February 18, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: Alphabet Loon expands connectivity in Nyeri

Loon has installed a new set of ground stations in Kenya. This is a key step toward the deployment of commercial service in collaboration with Telkom Kenya later this year. The new site in Nyeri adds to similar ones in Nairobi and Nakuru. The installation of...

Uganda deports MTN CEO over national security

February 15, 2019 • Company News, East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Uganda deports MTN CEO over national security

The chief executive officer of MTN Uganda, a unit of South Africa’s MTN Group, has been deported from the East African country over national security, police said on Friday, 15 February. The development is the latest concern for the largest...

Young, African entrepreneurs can now apply for the Anzisha Prize

Young, African entrepreneurs can now apply for the Anzisha Prize

February 15, 2019 • East Africa, Events, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Young, African entrepreneurs can now apply for the Anzisha Prize

The Anzisha Prize program which is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation has just launched the call for 2019 applications. The prize is looking for Africa’s most innovative social and business entrepreneurs between...

Rwanda: Drones deliver medical supplies in remote areas

February 15, 2019 • East Africa, Healthcare, Top StoriesComments Off on Rwanda: Drones deliver medical supplies in remote areas

Rwanda made headlines as the first country to pilot blood deliveries by drone. However, President Paul Kagame has not been credited enough with improving the Rwandan health system with the use of drones. The drones have been improved on and will increase...

Nigeria's innovation centre expands to East Africa

Nigeria’s innovation centre expands to East Africa

February 15, 2019 • East Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria’s innovation centre expands to East Africa

Nigeria’s innovation centre, Co-Creation Hub launch the ‘CcHUB Design Lab‘ in Rwanda. The design lab is an unprecedented next step in Africa’s growing tech sector, and is set to become a creative space where its multidisciplinary team...

Ethiopia gets $40 mln healthcare boost from the US

February 14, 2019 • East Africa, Healthcare, Top StoriesComments Off on Ethiopia gets $40 mln healthcare boost from the US

There are many barriers to residents obtaining proper health care in Ethiopia. It is estimated that 76 percent of Ethiopian women live in rural areas and do not have access to health care due to long traveling distances with lack of transportation. There...